City commences ambitious initiative to repave streets

The City of Coral Gables is about to begin resurfacing some 30 lane miles of streets throughout the City Beautiful. This street resurfacing project is part of the Neighborhood Renaissance Program (NRP) proposed by city manager Pat Salerno and approved by the city commission.

The list of streets to be resurfaced is equivalent to what would normally be paved in approximately 10 years, which makes this the most ambitious street resurfacing initiative ever undertaken by the city.

“We’re on the road to building a better Coral Gables,” said Mayor Jim Cason.

The city engaged the engineering firm of C3TS to evaluate and review all streets. Staff independently reviewed the findings and has compiled a map indicating the streets to be resurfaced.

Everyone will benefit from the elimination of the extensive backlog as the city will be able to stay current with street resurfacing needs as they arise. In the future, residents whose streets need resurfacing would not be placed on a waiting list for many years; instead, their streets would be repaved within a year. This initiative not only will improve neighborhoods, it also should enhance property values.

In a letter to Mayor Cason, a resident wrote, “We are a family of five property owners and we cannot praise enough your decision to resurface some rundown streets in our city.”

Phase one will resurface all identified neighborhood streets north of S. Dixie Highway (US1). On Apr. 24, the city commission awarded the construction contract for Phase One to H&J Asphalt Inc. for approximately $2,085,000. Work is expected to begin in June and take about three months. Phase Two will resurface all remaining streets. A construction contract is expected to be presented to the city commission for approval by the end of summer.

To see streets programmed for repaving go to <http://e-newscoralgables. com/media/pdf/NRP%20Street% 20Paving%20Initiative%205 – 2012.pdf>.

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